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a man born to wealth, privilege and politics. >> i'm mitt romney, and i'm running for president of the united states. >> i think my dad has always felt like he wanted to be true to his dad's name and legacy. >> a savvy businessman who made a fortune at bain capital and turned around the 2002 winter olympics. >> he has two speeds, asleep or wide awake and fixing things. >> good to see you! he is a mr. fix it. >> a man driven by faith in himself, his family, and his mormon religion. >> you try your very best to know what god might say and of course you look to get correction from the church as well. >> a warm, caring man. >> he was going to do anything
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he could to just say, i'm here, stay right there and we'll be okay. >> or a cold, calculating politician? >> he's made decisions knowing that this they could resurface, hence, under the glare of a political campaign. >> mitt romney isn't pro-choice, anti-choice. he's multiple choice. >> he changed his position on a broad range of issues for a simple reason, he wanted to run for president of the united states. >> or a true believer. >> i know his core. honesty, integrity, detail, intelligence, conviction to doing the right thing. >> we're going to bring back america. thank you so much. >> now, "romney revealed: family, faith and the road to power." >> ann and mitt romney's summer home sits on lake winnipesaukee in new hampshire. a private, large and lived-in family retreat for the entire clan. all 28 of them. >> they all just left. a lot of them left last night. i ran through 12 loads this morning. a lot of towels. a lot of sheets. but it's a joyous thing.
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it's a joyous thing to have them all here. >> even in the midst of a presidential campaign. tell me a little bit about the mitt romney that's here, at the lake. >> nonstop. nonstop. he is going every minute. he's loving it. he pops out of bed the first thing in the morning, and he's just going. >> here, inside the lake house, romney is more camp counselor than candidate. >> fun loving, warm, spontaneous. get him out of the public eye, put him in here, he is as loose and funny and spontaneous as you'd ever want to see. and just so much fun to be with. >> so what happens when you get in the public eye? >> you just have to be more circumspect. you have to be more careful with your words. you just have to be very, very
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careful, and it's unfort, i think, that even -- you know, people i think only think of mitt maybe through his business license. and, for me, you know, that is just 1% of who he is. >> and who is he really? first and foremost, a romney. the romney name has been in the public eye for the last half century, a family of great wealth will and business achievement, political success as well as failures. mitt was the fourth and last child for george and lenore romney. born march 12, 1957, some recall him as the favorite. george wrote to the family in september 1956 -- mitt is growing like a weed, as full of ideas and energy as ever. tom mccaffrey grew up with romney. >> mitt as a child was extremely energetic, the kind of kid who could never sit down. his mind was going 100 miles an hour. >> george was much the same way. >> you know, he's just got that
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energy. >> phillip maxwell lived down the street from the romneys in a wealthy detroit suburb. >> george would go out on the golf course. and he had fluorescent golf balls, and he would hit the ball and he would run after the ball, jogging, hit the ball again. and that was his exercise. >> young mitt not only had his father's energy -- >> there seems to be a special bond between george and mitt. >> -- michael kranish and scott helman co-wrote the book "the real romney." >> mitt absolutely idolized his father in a way you can see drawn out in the way he's run his life, following the same footsteps of the career. >> george romney was a ceo who saved american motors by betting
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on smaller cars. it gave his son a first look at business. >> george was a turnaround artist at american motors, taking a company that had lost focus, for whatever reason, and fixing it. >> and once george made his mark in the auto world, he switched gears to politics. he was the republican governor of michigan for three terms. and young mitt was a fixture on the campaign trail, schooled early in issues, strategies and the possibility of losing. >> and dad's pollster said, george, you can't possibly win. i was a kid in high school. i thought, oh, no, you know, we're going to lose, i'm going to be embarrassed at school, these little things that a kid thinks. and my dad said -- it was clear, he said, i'm not in this because i'm worried about winning or losing, i'm here to make a difference. he's not defined by elections. he's been defined as a man of character throughout his life.
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>> and then there was mitt's mother lenore. >> my mom had a softer side. she used to read to me when i was a boy and gave me a love of culture and literature. >> once a screen actress, lenore met george in 1924. their courtship became an often told part of the family story. >> he left what he was doing and traveled west to hollywood to convince her to marry him as opposed to going into the movie business. he knew what he wanted and was not going to stop until he got it. >> mitt's courtship of ann was, in its own way, no less intense. they were just teenagers at neighboring elite private schools in detroit. it was mitt's senior year when he spotted the 16-year-old ann davies at a dance. >> i did fall madly in love with him very quickly. actually. but i was very aloof, very cool. >> she was very smart. she set the hook deep. and i'd call and say, let's get
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together. she was too busy. she went on a date with someone else while i was pursuing her. made me just crazy. >> he was so much fun. captivating. it was just fun, fun, fun to be with him. >> there are lots of stories of good-natured practical jokes. >> at kroncranbeck he was kind of swimming around, trying to find his place. one of the consequences was he would get involved in these pranks. which were really attention getting devices. >> but maxwell remembers one incident he says crossed the line. a younger classmate returned from break with long bleach-blond hair, and a group of guys, including romney, confronted him. >> he was taken down, and mitt had scissors and he cut his hair. it was an ugly scene, and it was a long time ago, but i'll never forget it because of the look on this boy's face. he was absolutely terrified when they took him down.
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>> others, as you know, who went to cranbrook with you remember different stories that they say were over the top and maybe even cruel to some students. do you remember it that way? >> no, i don't. and i know that comes up during the campaign season. but it's the first time i've heard that. >> the hair cutting story? >> i think that's the only story i've heard of that nature. but the pranks that we pulled were designed to be funny and to have fun. i can imagine that now and then things i did in high school are not things that i'd want to become part of a presidential campaign. >> that was decades ago. one incident when romney was a teenager without focus and direction. something he would find later in a very surprising place. and whiten your teeth in just 2 days. new crest 3d white toothpaste.
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it was fall 1965, stanford university. the counterculture movement was growing. a different world for freshman mitt romney, straight from a michigan boarding school and his conservative roots. >> he has this exposure, i think, to all these new ideas, all these new people, these new experiences. >> but all romney could think about at first was ann, back in michigan. mark marcus was romney's roommate. >> a lot of guys come to college and have high school girlfriends. but you could tell for mitt it was different. he could not stop talking about ann. >> we were so much in love. i went off to college, and got a
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job there to earn a little money so i could pay for an airplane ticket to go home and see her. >> this was at stanford. >> while i was at stanford. we didn't tell my parents about this. >> so you snuck home? >> i flew home, snuck home, would take her on a date. her parents knew about it. they were on the inside. but my parents, i knew they'd never go along with it so i didn't tell them. >> did they catch you? >> oh, no, they never caught us. >> but as the year wore on, the politics on campus became inescapable. >> he's very affected by this world in which he sees an anti-establishment strain growing. >> as the protests at stanford grew, romney stood with the establishment and for the war. >> his father at that time was strongly for the vietnam war, and he was finding his political footing. really the first time we see mitt romney emerge as his own
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man in a political sense is when he does lead this protest against the anti-war protesters on the campus of stanford. he's standing up with a sign saying, speak out, don't sit in. >> but romney never went to vietnam himself, exempt as a student and with a high draft lottery number. >> he's protesting the anti-war protesters, but he does not volunteer to go serve in vietnam. he would have been eligible to serve, certainly. >> at the end of his freshman year, romney would be called to serve. not his country but his faith, as a mormon missionary in france. it was a tradition he considered breaking. >> he was concerned, according to his friends, that he might lose ann. so he talked to ann about this and she told him, you know, if you don't go, you'll always regret it. and i'll be here. >> when he left, i had a very brave face, went to the airport with his entire family. we all said good-bye. i was driven home with his family, and then i walked into my home, opened the door, my mother was there. i fell flat on the ground and just dissolved in tears. and she could not console me. >> for 2 1/2 years in the
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turbulent '60s, romney was living abroad, working every day to convert the skeptical french to his mormon faith. so this is this kind of neighborhood that you used to knock on doors in, all day? >> this -- yes, 45 years ago. this is fairly typical. >> mike bush took us back to the streets of bordeaux, where he and romney spent 60 hours a week spreading their faith in french. >> did you have a specific message? >> we would talk to them about our beliefs. we would talk about jesus christ, talk about the book of mormon. >> you're out talking to people about your faith and your religion and differences between it and other faiths. >> getting doors slammed in your face. >> most of the time. this was a time when a lot of people were not happy with america in france. it was a time of a great deal of rejection. >> but romney kept at it. in a rare conversation about his
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faith, he reveals how the constant rejection led to some surprising soul searching. >> but you say, okay, wait a second, what's important here? what do i believe? what's truth? is there a god? is jesus christ the son of god? these are questions that are no longer academic, they're critical because you're talking about that day in and day out. >> as mitt questioned everything he was raised to believe in, his father tried to get his son back on track. >> your father sent you this letter when you were in france. and he quoted robert lewis stevenson to you in trying to sort of get you to not feel discouraged. he said, despair not but if you despair, work on in your despair. and then he wrote, so persist. >> my dad, what a guy. what a guy. i mean, he's always been there for me. look, i remember my dad's advice throughout my life. every time i had challenges of
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one kind or another, he was there with counsel. an extraordinary man. >> who happened to be running for president while mitt was a world away, isolated, depending largely on newspaper accounts of his father's fight for the republican nomination. >> i have decided to fight for and win the republican nomination and election to the presidency of the united states. >> the war in vietnam was issue number one. george romney had been a hawk but turned against the war and said so. >> you know, when i came back from vietnam, i just had the greatest brainwashing that anybody can get. >> by the general? >> when you go over to vietnam -- not only by the generals but also by the diplomatic corps over there. >> months after george romney's now-infamous brainwashing comment, his campaign collapsed. an early political lesson mitt romney would never forget.
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>> mitt's sister jane has said for example this really deeply affected mitt and that he's more careful in what he says, more scripted in what he says because he saw just how one phrase could torpedo a presidential campaign. >> thank you, governor romney. >> thank you very much. >> if george's failure turned romney into the cautious candidate he is today, he won't admit it. some people say you've learned from or overlearned from mistakes. >> i do that, too. i tell the truth, too. he used to say -- one of his favorite sayings was that being right too early is devastating in politics. but, still, it's being right. and you tell people what you believe. >> what romney believes has become an issue throughout his political career. and while the message was clearer in france, his mission would almost cost him his life. >> i was at home, and i had word that he was killed.
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in 1968, france was a dangerous place to be for a 21-year-old american. but mitt romney was right in the middle of it. >> there were protests and there were blockades and there were marches all over the country. >> the streets of france were in chaos. >> there was no train service, there were no buses, no newspapers. the electricity would go off from time to time. there were no letters from home. the money at the time came via check. that was our lifeline, was getting letters from home. >> so you were totally isolated? >> totally isolated. >> they were out of touch pretty much with 200 missionaries that they were responsible for. >> andy anderson's father was leading the mormon mission in france. by the time the riots ended, romney had been promoted to
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become president anderson's assistant, and they had an urgent assignment. >> they had gotten word there was some little dispute in this southern city in this mormon congregation so they decided to drive down to try to resolve it in person, and mitt was driving. >> it was a warm summer day in june when they began a six-hour drive between paris and the south of france. romney was driving anderson and his wife leola. >> they, i believe, were in the town of beaulac. as they come north near the top of the hill and in their way was a mercedes. they had no time to react. the car was on the wrong side of the road. >> the mercedes driver, apparently drunk, slammed into them at full speed. both cars crushed and mangled. mitt romney and leola anderson unconscious. >> george called me on the phone and said, "we have some bad news about mitt," but he didn't tell me what and he came and picked me up and took me to his home.
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i had word that he was killed. >> the policeman on the scene apparently thought i was in worse condition than i was and wrote in french "he is dead" on my passport. >> we waited for hours and hours, most of the night, to get word from france that he was actually alive. >> i was knocked unconscious and only recall waking up for a brief moment in the ambulance, going to the hospital. >> it turns out that romney had a severe concussion and broken bones, but leola, the mom away from home to 200 young missionaries, was dead. >> this was a huge deal. i mean, this rocked the mormon community not just in france but all over the world and in salt lake city. >> it was a great time of challenge and soul searching for all of us. >> romney, anderson's assistant, was now left to lead a struggling mission.
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>> the person who had been leading our mission there, a wonderful man, was so injured that he had to return to the united states for surgeries. and during that time i and one other fellow took responsibility for overseeing the affairs of the 200 or so men and women -- or boys and girls -- that were serving there as missionaries. >> this was a critical moment. >> it was. >> morale must have been -- >> morale was low. by september, we were only halfway toward our yearly goals. >> romney kept the mission going and set an ambitious new goal, more than doubling the target for conversions. >> mitt said, we need to raise the bar, raise the expectation. if we want to really change behavior, we've got to have people do things different from how they've been doing them. >> so they did just that. >> we were dressed up in vaudeville outfits we had found in the basement of the mission home there. it just brought the house down and lifted people's spirits, and they were laughing again. >> spirits were high and so were the number of converts. >> we were at 80.
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>> you were at 80. >> doubling it in the last four months. come december 31st, we had 204, 205 new converts that had happened. so the goal was accomplished. >> by the end of his mission, romney had cemented his faith. >> these things drew me closer to the eternal and convinced me that in fact there is a god, that jesus christ is the son of god and my savior. these are features that continue to be important in my life. >> he was a young boy when he left, a prankster and liked to play jokes and probably didn't take life too seriously. being in france and having to stand up for what you believe in taught him a lot about himself. he came back much more studious, much more serious. i think discovered a little bit about who he was and what was important to him. >> mitt romney was ready to return home, but an unexpected letter sent him reeling. >> i was just sort of telling him before he came home, i haven't seen you for 2 1/2 years, i don't -- i'm dating other people. it might be called "the city
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and it was as though time had stood still. it was an amazing moment where nothing -- it just dissolved, those 2 1/2 years dissolved, and we were right back to where we were exactly when he left. >> and he proposed. >> on the car ride home, he was, like, oh, my gosh, i've waited so long for you. let's just get married. now. why not? let's do that. of course, that was not good news to either set of parents. >> ann was 19, mitt, 21. their parents wanted them to wait. but they wanted a valentine's day wedding. >> what did you guys do when you got this? >> yeah! all right! >> close friend dane mcbride remembers the telegram he received with the news. >> boom, february 14. and you knew exactly what he was talking about? >> absolutely. >> at lenore romney's request, they waited a month. >> it was beautiful. >> you were in the wedding? >> i was. there was the civil wedding that
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was performed by a bishop of our church in bloomfield hills, michigan, at the davies home, ann's parents' home. >> the next morning, they flew to utah for a second ceremony in salt lake city's mormon temple, where they were sealed for eternity, as the church calls it. ann's parents couldn't attend because they weren't mormon. ann herself was a relatively new convert. romney biographer scott helman and michael kranish. >> when ann davies meets mitt, i think she's searching a little bit for a religious home, the way a teenager does. what does this mean. and what do i believe? this was a big hurdle they would have to get over if they were going to be serious. >> did mitt romney spend a lot of time talking about faith to ann, or was it george? >> early on, when mitt was going out with ann, he did give her some lessons in what was the mormon faith all about.
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>> but ultimately ann's conversion was overseen by george romney while mitt was in france. >> and he would pick me up every sunday for church. the reason i think it was so easy for me to talk to him even on a spiritual level like that is because he respected me as his complete equal. >> ann and mitt settled in provo, utah, in this $75-a-month basement apartment, starting a family and getting serious about school. the mission experience in france had clearly refocused romney. >> life was very different in america than life for the french. and i thought, boy, i've got to work hard in school, i need to be responsible, i need to get back and work. and i began to long for the chance to go back to school and prepare for my life going forward. >> brigham young university was as far from stanford as romney could get. he seemed at home in this conservative environment, yet, in the midst of his new life, mitt took off again on the campaign trail in 1970. >> she hasn't sold a lie to a political ideology. >> this time, for his mother. >> lenore romney, candidate for the united states senate. >> lenore, the dutiful candidate's wife, was now the
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candidate, running for the u.s. senate seat in michigan. >> i became so concerned about the direction our country has been going. >> her youngest son, mitt, was by her side. childhood friend, phillip maxwell. >> they visited every county in the state, i think, in the course of that campaign. and by that time he was very engaged in politics. >> romney crossed the entire state with lenore. >> he was getting a high-level senator in politics. >> they thought there was a need for the moms and dads to have a community center. >> her style, a cautious, elegant diplomat, distinctly different from her husband's bull in a china shop approach. >> she was a very gracious woman but nuanced, careful. and i see that in mitt. >> i think he had a very advanced and mature understanding of politics, you know, at a pretty young age. lenore romney ended up getting killed in that senate race.
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romneys throughout the '70s here in belmont, massachusetts. >> it was a lot of fun. i was the oldest of five boys and so there was a lot of chaos. >> your mother once said that your father was kind of like having another teenager in the house. >> yeah. we thought of him as a really big older brother for a long time. he was just a lot of fun to be around. >> life was also busy. romney was starting a lucrative and intense financial consulting job in boston. ann was running things at home. >> people describe him as the energizer bunny. >> my kids joke and say that i'm the mitt stabilizer because whenever mitt might start winding up and getting really highly energetic, they know i have a very calming influence. >> in the '70s and '80s, romney was also spending a lot of time with his church, which saw him as a rising star. energetic, devoted, generous
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with both time and money. >> everybody was well aware of mitt romney. there was some star power even when he wasn't running for office. >> phil barlow first met mitt romney at church in 1979. like most in the church, he already knew the romney name but not the romney work ethic. >> a person that busy and successful might tend to pull out their pocketbook rather than take their time. and he did both. >> for more than a decade, romney was part of the leadership of the mormon church in his hometown. the church has no paid clergy. so at the age of 34, romney was asked to lead his congregation. >> talk about a growing up experience and a learning experience. >> it is a time he rarely talks about but was surprisingly open with us. >> i was like the pastor. that meant if someone was in the
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hospital, i needed to see them. and if someone lost their job and couldn't afford to meet their rent payments, i was responsible for helping get them the financial aid they needed. if there was someone contemplating a divorce and they wanted counseling, they'd come to me. >> mitt romney was literally hands-on. >> one woman in the ward, single woman, had some storm damage and there might be leakage and he turned to us and said, i haven't got anything better to do that's more important than that after this meeting, how about you, brothers? >> one of the toughest times for the church came in 1984. led by romney, the congregation was building a new meetinghouse in belmont. for years, there was a good deal of local opposition. you got a call in the middle of the night? >> yes, yes. this building was under construction. >> grant bennett, romney's right-hand man in the church, remembers the call from the fire department. the building had burned to the ground. they suspected arson. >> the clergy in the town of belmont, the catholics, the episcopalians, thecongregation allists, the jewish temple came out in force and essentially everyone offered for our congregation to meet in their building. >> instead of picking one
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congregation, romney picked all of them. >> i think he very much saw this as a bridge building opportunity to get to know our neighbors. >> romney was less successful bridging another divide. >> the mormon church is the archenemy of women's rights in this country. >> the '70s was the decade when the e.r.a. was being pushed and the mormon church came out in the early '70s and took a very active position against the e.r.a. >> judy dushku was a member of romney's congregation and a feminist fighting for women's rights in the mormon church, like having more of leadership role or being able to deliver a sermon. >> there we were, suddenly faced with a church that we'd all loved and grown up in. suddenly, it was taking this unusual and we thought strange position. >> so what about when mitt romney became bishop? >> i expected a comforter, somebody who would protect women
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and who would have an inclusive attitude and be equally interested in the peace of mind of all of us. and i did not feel that in his congregation. >> well, i'm sure we all have differing memories. >> romney recalls a meeting he led with more than 300 mormon women. >> i adopted many of the recommendations that they offered. >> not all. >> not all. because the doctrine of my church is not something i'm in a position to change. >> i look at that as a time i saw mitt soften and change. it was a learning experience for all of us. and, you know -- but i saw a person that was respectful and listening and caring. >> but dushku didn't think he was sympathetic at all and believes he bears a grudge against her to this day. >> i think it's indicative of the way mitt sees the world. there are certain people who matter and certain people who he
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approves of and other people that he doesn't approve of. if he doesn't approve of them, he thinks they don't have the same kind of standing, they don't have the same kind of merit, they don't have the same kind of right to function and to hold opinions and to participate. >> something others around him at the time fiercely deny. >> i would call him open and welcome to new ideas. and if there's a better way, absolutely, let's do it the better way. >> in business, romney would invent the bain way, something that would pay off in years to come. it was the heady '80s.
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it was the heady '80s. big money, corporate buyouts and dramatic takeovers. mitt romney was knee-deep in it. a rising star at a boston consulting group, bain & company, which had a great pitch -- help businesses make money by cutting costs. >> by all accounts, mitt romney was very successful in advising companies how to improve their
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business operations. >> but soon romney's boss had a better idea. instead of just advising companies, why not buy them with investor money to generate huge profits. and bain capital was born. early partner jeffrey rennart. >> well, it was a lot of long hours, a lot of late nights and a lot of learning but a lot of success. >> so what kind of a leader was mitt romney during those early years? >> i would say in the early years mitt was a lead-by-example kind of leader. he -- you know, he dug in, you know, did analysis side by side with us. >> and it paid off. bain capital invested in more than 100 companies, nearly doubling its returns for clients annually. >> how you doing? >> romney made a lot of money, and he would later claim created a lot of jobs. but a former bank colleague, who talked off camera about whether the company's emphasis was on
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job creation told cnn, quote, we were in the business of creating value for investors. >> was job creation or making money the goal? >> well, every business is organized to create a return for the people who invest in the business. and as businesses are successful and profitable, they're able to hire people. and they can hire more people the more successful they are. businesses are created to provide a return to the owners or the investors. and it has a wonderful byproduct -- it employs more and more people. that's the nature of american enterprise. >> ten years into his run at bain capital, romney decided it was time to leave business for politics, just as his father had done. >> i will work very hard to make sure that everybody gets a good job. >> how are you feeling? >> energized, enthusiastic. >> romney's target, senator ted
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kennedy. not exactly starting at the bottom of the ladder there. >> i told my colleagues at work, don't clean up my desk or move into my office. i'll be spending time away from work, and it will be a leave of absence. but i really believe someone needs to run against ted kennedy. >> kennedy was vulnerable. his personal life seemed out of control. as his son patrick remembers it, the contrast with romney was glaring. >> and opposite my dad was this really great-looking guy who was a whiz at business, beautiful family, kind of the picture of self-discipline. and next to my dad, he was like the perfect polar opposite. >> how are you? yes! >> except, during that race on social issues -- >> let me ask you a question -- >> -- mitt romney sounded an awful lot like ted kennedy. >> i'm absolutely committed to achieving universal coverage and doing so for our children. >> were you a liberal?
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were you a moderate? >> no. you know, anyone can call me whatever they like, but people can look at my policies and make their own determination. >> ted divine worked for the kennedy campaign. >> mitt romney ran as a strongly pro-choice candidate. he told the newspaper in boston, the gay newspaper in boston, that he'd be better on gay rights than kennedy. >> are you saying romney is just an opportunist? >> i think he looks at politics the way he does business deals, that this doesn't represent an ideological path for him. i think anyone who looks at his position on issues has to come to that judgment, that for romney, politics is a means of obtaining power to do things that he wants to do. >> by the fall of 1994, it was a dead heat, and the kennedy campaign was looking for a silver bullet.
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they found it in bain capital. >> i don't like romney's creating jobs because he took every one of them away. >> the ads featured workers for a paper company in indiana. after a bain-owned company took it over, many of its workers lost their jobs. romney says he wasn't at bain at the time. his opponents say his actions led to the job cuts. >> if you think you'd make such a good senator, come out here to marion, indiana, and see what your company has done to these people. >> it worked so well the obama campaign is using the same indiana company, even the same people again. >> he doesn't care anything about the middle class or the lower class people. >> if we are successful -- >> romney's religious beliefs played a part as well. senator kennedy's nephew joe at one point attacked the mormon church for not allowing blacks to join the priesthood, a policy that had changed 16 years earlier. romney went on the offensive, citing the speech john f.
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kennedy gave addressing his roman catholic faith. >> in my view, the victory that john kennedy won was not just for 40 million americans who were born catholics, it was for all americans of all faiths. and i'm sad to see that ted kennedy is trying to take away his brother's victory. >> my son's position is the same as jack kennedy's position. >> even romney's father, george, entered the fray. >> i think it's absolutely wrong to keep hammering on the religious issue. >> mr. romney -- >> then in october a critical debate. >> senator kennedy and his family have a multiple real estate empire across this country. >> romney accused the kennedy family of financially benefiting from real estate deals. >> senator, 15 seconds. >> mr. romney, the kennedys are not in public service to make money. we have paid too high a price in our commitment to the public
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service. >> ted kennedy began pulling away, and mitt romney lost. >> he was back at work the next day. the election was tuesday night. wednesday morning he was back at his desk. >> we kind of expected it. it was -- it's interesting. ann was more upset by it than i. but losing put me back into business, and i was more successful than i had been before. >> but not long after, something that would make political defeat seem trivial. >> i think my diagnosis was probably the roughest thing we had to go through as a couple. [ female announcer ] introducing yoplait greek 100. 100% new. 100% mmm... wow, that is mmm... it's so mmm you might not believe it's a hundred calories.
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